The Musings of Bek Curtis

God Showed Up

Posted by on Nov 8, 2014 in Musings | 3 comments

God Showed Up

There are a myriad of ‘christian’ phrases that irk me. My top one is probably: “we just want to love on you”. Anything with ‘love on’ in the sentence just conjures up for me, images of a weird and slightly creepy game of ‘stacks on’. (Clearly I attended church youth group in the 90’s).

But the big one Im really not coping with is, “…and God showed up”, or any variation of God ‘showing up’.
The ‘love on’ thing is harmless. God and the notion of Him showing up, is less so.

Jesus gave a ‘head’s up’ to His disciples, confiding in them, comforting them of what was to come:

“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. (?John? ?14?:?15-17? NIV)

God doesn’t show up. He is. He just is, always present, “lives with you and will be in you”, always close through The Holy Spirit, though not always overt.

So why then do we think that we can just say a prayer and God appears, much like a genie from a rubbed lamp. For the record, I’ve tried the lamp/genie thing. Didn’t work. Clearly I’m yet to find a magic lamp.

I’m learning what God has been showing me all along…
He is always there, since the veil was ripped in two, I can never be closer to Him than I am now, He waits for me to grasp hold of Him and chose to partner with Him. My ‘job’ (and its a poor descriptive word, for it carries the connotation of duty) is to invite Him into my thought process, my word process, my action process.
And yes, when we welcome Him, when we greet him with a heart filled with expectation amazing things happen! It seems as though He’s ‘shown up’.
But the reality is that it is us who rocked up and finally decided to cast aside our ego, agenda, whatever it may be, and partner with Him.
Of course there are times where He is silent with us, and I don’t discount the pain and often sense of abandonment and despair that accompanies these times of painful growth. Not every stage of our lives can be lived out in green pastures. To truly appreciate them, we must also often experience the shadow of death (Psalm 23).
But both these seasons are interconnected by the common thread of His presence, either overt or hidden. Not dependent on our perfectly worded prayers, pleas or praises, rubbing our genie lamps and asking Him to ‘show up’.
-Bek Curtis



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  1. melissa

    I’m sorry for the 1 star but I was bothered by the words magic lamp and overt…I know the Holy Spirit was speaking to me about those 2 things ..maybe it does’nt relate so much to you as what He’s trying to settle with me…

  2. brett Fish anderson

    the words i didn’t like were “coping”, “grasp” [sounds naughty!] and “pastures” [Wait? What? Is Melissa a friend of yours cos BOO!]

    anyways, great post, as someone who is not a big fan of Christianese i LOVE ‘God showing up’ but imagine that if we sat round a table overtly [with or without a magic lamp on it] that we would probably think and feel the same thing – i feel it might be semantics because when i say “And then God showed up” i don’t so much mean “And then God arrived” [ridiculous, as you say here] but there was a discernible awareness of His presence and as someone who feels far from God feelingwise a lot of the time i have to cling to the fact that He is always around but also to the hope that there will be moments when it feels a lot more as if He is here than it does the rest of the time and “God showed up” is how i describe those moments which typically seem to happen on camps or during preaches or other times when we are still and know…

    love brett fish

    • Bek Curtis

      Haha, nope, not a friend, I think perhaps just a slightly confused-missed-the-joke-reader. Still, I welcome her engagement.
      Yes, I think it may be semantics, though all too often it’s becoming the cliché relevant thing to say.

      I get what you’re saying, and I love that you’ve had these precious moments. His presence really is something else!

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